National Coach Aruna de Silva, head of the Women's Cricket Development Programme at the Qatar Cricket Association (QCA) has been at the forefront of setting up a QCA Women's Committtee for the development of women's cricket. Maryam Gul Khan has been appointed as women 's cricket co-ordinator.

Representatives from schools have been incorporated on the committee. They will arrange the cricket practice in their respective schools through the school coaches who are qualified by the QCA. "Nine schools have already expressed their interests to form teams," says Mrs. Khan.

"The QCA is willing to support girls' cricket in schools with whatever help possible. We would like to prepare our women cricket team for tournaments and we have set into motion our planning with the formation of the Women's Committee We have a huge task ahead of us to accomplish," said Mr. de Silva.

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Filed December 18 2007